The Floating Castle (2012) movie trailer

Teaser for Japanese movie The Floating Castle (のぼうの城, Nobō no Shiro). It’s a comedic-historical film directed by Shinji Higuchi and Isshin Inudo, and it’s adapted from Ryo Wada’s 2007 novel of the same name. In theatres in November 2012.

Oshi Castle

Set in feudal Japan, the story is based on the Siege of Oshi in 1590 [wiki]. It’s a battle between a small clan with 619 samurai and 2000 conscripts against a force of 23,000 troops. Hence the slightly off 20000 vs 500 tagline in the movie.

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Japan’s most wanted artist lovers 2008

Japan’s Count-Down-TV [Jp] has concluded their annual poll for “the most wanted artist as girlfriend/boyfriend” in 2008, with YUI and Jin Akanishi topping the girlfriend and boyfriend category respectively.

Top 20 Japan’s most wanted girlfriend 2008

1. YUI – 2. Kaori Mochida – 3. Ayumi Hamasaki – 4. Ai Otsuka – 5. aiko – 6. Ai Takahashi – 7. Ai Kawashima – 8. Kiyoe Yoshioka – 9. Maimi Yajima – 10. Yui Aragaki – 11. Nocchi – 12. Namie Amuro – 13. Ayaka – 14. Kaela Kimura – 15. Kumi Koda – 16. Misako Uno – 17. Hiroko – 18. BoA – 19. Mai Kuraki 20. Reina Tanaka

Top 20 Japan’s most wanted boyfriend 2008

1. Jin Akanishi – 2. Kazuya Kamenashi – 3. Hyde – 4. Jun Matsumoto – 5. Tomohisa Yamashita – 6. Takahiro – 7. Takahisa Masuda – 8. Jaejoong – 9. TAKUYA∞ – 10. Sho Sakurai – 11. Koichi Domoto – 12. Akihito Okano – 13. Kentaro Kobuchi – 14. Ryo Nishikido – 15. Yusuke Kamiji – 16. Yuya Tegoshi – 17. Masaki Aiba – 18. Haruichi Shindou – 19. Teppei Koike – 20. DAIGO

Note that in Japan the term “artist” often refers to singers, so there aren’t any “pure” actors/actresses in the list. Korean stars BoA and Jaejoong are the only two non-Japanese celebrities who made the top 20.

The world’s most popular blogger

Japanese celebrity blogger Yusuke Kamiji’s weblog is certified by Guinness World Records as the “most unique users on a personal blog in 24 hours”, or in human language the most popular blogger in the world.

The certified record is 230,755 unique visitors in one day, with daily pageviews of 5-6 million. The highest unofficial record is 13,171,039 PV on April 12th, and 56,061 comments on April 17th. [Asiajin, via Japanprobe]

That’s some crazy stats… my blog’s popularity is literally nuts compared to his lol.